A definitive guide for how to ride technical trails? I was out today on my brand new (to me) 2004 XR400R on a trail that I've ridden at 60kph on an ATV before, and the best I could do was crawl. I even dumped the bike in knee high water once. I feel like gravel roads are no problem at all for me (obviously, cause they're easy). But the technical trails, the kind mostly comprised of decent sized fixed/stationary jutting rocks, rife with plenty of free-rolling softball-sized rounded rocks. I had particular difficulty with the wet ones in, and coming out of, large, knee deep, 30 foot long puddles that have formed on the trails (they're always there 365 days a year, and they're stagnant and GROSS and smelly). It's like the tire climbs up on top of the rollies, and then falls off the side of it, causing me to make a quick correction just to stay up. I've heard about the old saying "when in doubt, gas it," and was told a couple times that if you're carrying speed, the bike will tend to handle weird rock formations and "rollie rocks" much easier. I don't know if that's true or not, so I stuck to 1st gear for all the technical stuff, only braving 2nd in the easy portions of the trail. Is there a resource for noobs learning to ride on hairy trails? Loving my XR so far. It's a tractor! I find most 1st gear "trouble" can be solved by simply pulling in the clutch and trying to stop. KISS... The one time I dumped it I sorta was in "panic mode" and totally forgot about my clutch. The XR being a tractor, the bike pulled me further into a complete mess to the point where it stalled and I dropped it in the water. Anyway... Any tips?